Muni May Lay Off 170 Operators on Friday

Muni spokesman Judson True has confirmed a rumor disseminated by the Muni Drivers' union: 170 operators — and 230 Muni employees — will be facing layoffs after Friday's Municipal Transportation Agency Board meeting.

“At the Friday meeting, service reductions will be voted on. If the board of directors votes for the reductions, layoffs may be on May 1, when service changes happen,” True said.

That meeting promises to to be sheer joy: The MTA Board will also be voting on service cuts and fare hikes — to the young, disabled, and elderly. Something for everyone to love.

Our calls to Transit Workers Union president Irwin Lum have not yet been returned. Union consultant Eric Jaye confirmed he's heard a “proposal to furlough 175 operators and cut service.”

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